On April 24, 1990, NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope made its first trip to space. It traveled on the space shuttle Discovery, launched from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Since then, Hubble has made more than 1.2 million observations, becoming the eyes of researchers and the public and allowing us to peek into the mysteries of outer space. Hubble weighs about 27,000 pounds and has the precision accuracy of a laser beam shining on a dime 200 miles away! And while Hubble does not travel to stars, planets or galaxies, it has taken some fascinating images while whirling around Earth with a speed of about 17,000 mph.
Take a look at the slideshow below to see some of the breath-taking pictures Hubble has taken over the years.
The red giant R Sculptoris has a spiral structure that may be the result of a hidden companion star.
The spiral galaxy NGC 4217 is located 60 million light-years from Earth, has extraplanar dust structures above and below the disk.
This image, which took social media by storm, is the galaxy cluster SDSS J1038+4849 which seems to be smiling.
The galaxy pictured here is NGC 4424, located in the constellation of Virgo.
Resembling a snail’s shell, this cloud of dust seems to spiral out from a luminous central star.
The bright streak of glowing gas and stars is a type of galaxy known as a blue compact dwarf.
An edge-on view of the spiral galaxy NGC 5023.
The spiral galaxy NGC 3021 which lies about 100 million light-years away in the constellation of Leo Minor (The Little Lion).
This is how the center of the globular cluster Messier 22 looks like as seen through Hubble.
This galaxy lies just over 100 million light-years away from us.
Young stars resemble a glittering fireworks display.
It is cool.